A new season of Canada’s Drag Race kicks off tonight and 12 talented Canadian queens are ready to compete for a chance at the title of Canada’s Next Drag Superstar and a cool $100,000 grand prize.
As a Toronto-based performer with plenty of experience starring in a variety of events and publications across the city, Halal Bae is no stranger to the limelight. In addition to performing at Pride Toronto and hosting Drag Race and Dragula at the Beaver, the Muslim-born North African queen has also used her platform to critique social constructs while raising funds and awareness for causes like Rainbow Railroad and queer immigrant initiatives.
We recently had the chance to chat with Halal Bae ahead of tonight’s Season 3 premiere to chat about the upcoming season, drag’s impact on Toronto’s cultural scene, and her favourite places to go for food and drinks in her hometown.
Why should people tune in to watch CDR Season 3?
This season truly represents the wide variety of drag from all across Canada, representing the most diverse cast we have yet to see!
What’s your favourite part about being a drag queen in the city you’re based in?
Creating spaces for diverse groups of drag performers including BIPOC, Trans, Kings etc.
How does drag have a positive impact on a city’s cultural scene?
Drag as an art form pushes boundaries of fashion, gender, and self-expression. It informs queer culture, in turn, informing culture at large.
What are some of your favourite places to go for food and drinks in the GTA?
Bonjour Brioche. They’ve got the best bread pudding in town and their baked goods in general are top notch.
House on Parliament [has] a great selection of beers and super tasty comfort food!
Lee’s. The fish melts like butter in your mouth. Chef Susur Lee perfectly blends Asian and European cuisine into a mouthwatering menu.
Snack Bar. Their bartenders make custom drinks based on your mood that are well balanced and hella yummy! Feeling peckish? Get a cute variety of small eats that pair perfectly with the drinks menu and atmosphere.